Favorite Allergy-friendly School Lunches!!

 
simple s’mores, fruits, popcorn, and   Pamela’s Gluten-Free Mini Honey Grahams

simple s’mores, fruits, popcorn, and Pamela’s Gluten-Free Mini Honey Grahams

I’ve been having so much fun getting creative with the girls lunches. After they told us they needed variety (ha!), I’ve been racking my brain to come up with some fun new things to put in their lunch box. We’ve been long time fans of Pamela’s gluten free baking mix and have loved trying their snack bars and their graham crackers are our favorite!!

These lunch boxes are so simple to put together that even a tired mom pre-coffee can make it happen! They also happen to be allergy-friendly (read more about our struggle with allergies here and see some of our favorite allergy-friendly snacks here) but any kid would love them.

Steps to making a perfect lunch:

  • Protein - I feel like this is the most neglected part of most lunches but adding some healthy protein will keep kids fuller longer and help them to feel strong!

  • Healthy, gluten-free whole grains - carbs are not the enemy but bad carbs are! We avoid as much processed sugar as possible (with the occasional treat!)

  • Because Phoebe can’t have dairy, we typically avoid it but we will add some cheese to Matilda’s lunches

  • A fun snack like Pamela’s Gluten-Free Graham Crackers, Whenever Bars, Big Fig Bars, etc. (we even prep s’mores using dark chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows).

  • Chopped up fresh fruits and veggies!

  • A sweet note always makes them feel super loved!

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lunch box organization

lunch box organization

Planning and Prep:

  • Wash fruits and veggies as soon as the groceries arrive!

  • Chop veggies like cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, celery, carrots, etc.

  • Organize the fridge to make lunch items quick and easy to find!

  • Create a central “lunch box” area in the pantry with lunch boxes, lunch baggies, etc. (shop my favorite lunch box accessories here).

  • Create a snack area in the pantry for lunch specific foods (more pantry organizing tips here!)

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we pack snacks for school, too!

we pack snacks for school, too!

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Salami, pickle, strawberries, s’more (Pamela’s Gluten-Free Graham Cracker, marshmallow and dark chocolate!)

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Apple rings with peanut butter (or almond butter!), Pamela’s Gluten-Free Mini Honey Graham Crackers, snap peas, salami, Pamela’s Whenever Bar.

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1/2 gluten free multigrain sandwich with deli meat, mustard and lettuce; cucumbers, snap peas, strawberries and blueberries; and Pamela’s Blueberry Big Fig Bar.

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Raspberries, clementines, chili lime jerky, cheese, sea salt popcorn!

You can do so many combinations with all of these! The apple rings and s’mores have been huge hits along with a yummy snack bar for reading time. It’s so fun to get creative when you put these together and my girls get so excited to see a surprise note.

This post is sponsored by Pamela’s Products, a long-time favorite brand for our family! All thoughts and opinions are my own. You can shop Pamela’s Products right here!